Exchange living-donor kidney transplantation: The present and future

Ha Huh Kya, Seun Kim Yu, Seok Kim Beom

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The shortage of donor organs is one of the major barriers of transplantation worldwide. After the success of the direct exchange donor (swap) program in Korea since 1991, a swap-around program has been developed. Recently, a web-based (computerized) algorithm to facilitate donor kidney exchange was devised and tested in multi-center settings. An excellent long-term outcome was achieved by using the donor exchange program as an option to reduce the donor organ shortage. Herein, we discussed on the current status of the exchange donor renal transplantation in Korea, a couple of problems we have had, and future directions we have to head and make better to improve organ donation activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-723
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Korean Medical Association
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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